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Obamas have a (mostly) uninterrupted vacation

August 29, 2010

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— President Barack Obama wrapped up a 10-day vacation Saturday that was blissfully free of the news emergencies that have interrupted some of his past getaways.

Grim economic reports cast an inescapable shadow over the first family’s stay in Martha’s Vineyard, and tough tasks on Iraq and the Middle East await the president in Washington after a stop in New Orleans today on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

But during his time on this lovely island, the president never once had to shed his leisure wear to step in front of the podium and address a national emergency or matter of state. So as the first family hit the beach under picture-perfect skies Saturday for their last day away, they could celebrate an apparent end to what had become something of a vacation jinx.

On Obama’s first extended presidential vacation, last August’s Martha’s Vineyard trip, the somber news of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s death required Obama to leave the island for the senator’s funeral. Also last year on Martha’s Vineyard, Obama renominated Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman.

Then there was Hawaii over Christmas and New Year’s. Obama had barely arrived when Christmas Day brought the attempted terror attack on a Detroit-bound airliner, forcing the president to spend the subsequent days conferring with his national security team between golf outings.

These past days on Martha’s Vineyard, by contrast, the only thing that kept Obama off the golf course was a spell of stormy weather. And even that didn’t dampen his enjoyment as he holed up with his family and friends to read and play Scrabble and board games at a rented 30-acre farm with private beach.

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akt2 3 years, 7 months ago

Let's see what they can come up with for Labor Day and the holidays. At least vacations number 10 thru 12 for the year. They seem to average about two a month.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 7 months ago

As Letterman said the other night, The Anointed One will have lots and lots of time for vacation when his first and only term is up. Hard to believe Letterman, the funny-man of the Elite East Coast Liberal Establishemt, (EECLE) took that shot at him. I think that signifies the beginning of the end for Obama. And tens of thousand Americans demonstrated their disdain for him yesterday in DC.

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Hope_And_Change 3 years, 7 months ago

The poor babies have it so tough. They need all the vacation they can get. Michelle and the girls need so much care and pampering. I don't know how Obama does it. He is such a good man. All the hard work he has done is finally paying off.

It makes my heart swell with joy knowing that the Obama's are being taken care of by our fiat money.

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